New Triathlon caught up with David McNamee a week after becoming Britain’s first ever male on the podium at the Ironman World Championships in Kona. Thanks for the words David!
NT- Talk us through your time in Kona in the lead in to the race & did you do anything different from previous years?
DM-I arrived on the island 12 days before the race with my friend Alex who was there to support me on the build up to race day. Alex is a sports director for Dimension Data cycling so is very useD to being around major sporting events, having his presence around me on the days pre-race helped keep me relaxed and focused on race day. Compared to previous years I followed a similar plan to the days leading up to the race. The only change I made was unlike previous years I missed the `training swim` race the week before held on the same course as the Ironman. Instead I kept to my regular training routine although a scaled down version.
NT- In all 3 Kona’s you have competed in, you have ran sub 2.50 on every occasion-What makes you so consistent on a course that seems to take so many prisoners?
DM- I think there are several reasons. 1) I have always arrived at Kona in my best shape of the season and this gives me great confidence in my ability to run a good marathon no matter the fatigue levels coming ofF the bike. 2) I have a great ability to survive the humidity. Something I am just lucky to have. 3) The run course in Kona is such a mental challenge, the heat and humidity combined with long stretches running in a single direction really challenges your mind, this is something I prepare for and allows me to keep moving forward even when I go through bad patches.
NT- What was going through your head when going down the finish straight knowing you were going to cross the line in 3rd? Was the history in your head or did you think about that after?
DM- Not much was going through my head to be honest, after 8 hours of intense racing my mind was just about done. I was overwhelmed though as it was something I never thought was possible pre race. I had confidence I would perform but had expected this would put me between 5th-8th. Now things are starting to sink in. To be the first British guy on the podium and the 7th quickest man of all time truly is a landmark moment in my career. Now it is time to relax and enjoy the moment before moving on to focus for 2018.
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